When the weather is warm, clothing should be lightweight, light-colored and loosely fitting. Even if a senior likes to be active, strenuous activity should be avoided in the heat. Avoid the sun as much as possible and wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
Fans are not sufficient to keep older adults cool during hot weather, so keep the air conditioning on or go to an air-conditioned place like a movie theater, mall or senior center. Cool showers, baths or sponge baths soothe sunburn and prevent heat exhaustion.
Additional Sun Protection Tips
- The sun is most intense during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. most days. Avoid outdoor activity during these times, or at least make sure there is plenty of water and shade available if an older adult must be outside.
- Keep a “sun kit” in the car, consisting of:
* A wide-brimmed hat
* UV-filtering sunglasses with large dark lenses
* Water-resistant SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen
- UV-blocking film is also availably for the windows in an older adult’s home.
- Sunscreen should be worn anytime a senior will be outside for more than 15 minutes, and it should be applied at least every two hours. Even on a cloudy day, the sun is still present and the rays are still active on a senior’s sensitive skin.
- If an older adult gets sunburned, they risk dehydration and should drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. A cool bath and aloe cream will also moisturize the affected skin.
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